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P1zzaman

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Well it's not quite like the feeling you get when you just hear your harddrive cylinder crash.. but it's close.

I was playing Morrowind and then all of a sudden, my computer began to slow down tremendously. The video screen got all messed up, and started doing some trippy colors. Then the computer locked up.

So I rebooted and found that my PNY Verto Geforce4 ti 4200 is not operational. I've had it for only a year, and now everytime when I boot up, my BIOS makes the 1 long beep followed by 3 beeps and I know my video card is dead. Or is it? I am using my crappy Voodoo 5 video right now.

Anyway, is this common? Good thing PNY has a lifetime warranty replacement plan!

-Pizzaman
 

P1zzaman

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Ya, everything's "working" fine. I mean, it is an old card, and nothing supports it now, but that's normal.

You know what might have caused the failure of my other card? I mean, I never overclocked it or anything.

I was doing some DirectX programming and didn't correctly release all the video mem... but I have rebooted since then, and I doubt software can do that to my video card?

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As they say... "S**t Happens"...

My PSU blew up... walked out of the room, walked back in 5 mins later and noticed that my computer power light was "ON"... but was silent... oh yeah, DEAD.

Worked on a friend's little Celeron600Mhz Gateway, fixed it up at his home (software wise) - showed him the changes (they had gigabyes of garbage)... 2 days later, it DIED... it's own PSU blew up, but it took out the mobo too... unfortunetly, we didn't have a spare PSU to check it out (Mine had just blown up, so I was using a spare) - so he paid $40 for a junky little gateway 75watt PSU only to find out the board was half fried (He didn't give me the USB keyboard & mouse - which I don't have and his gateway only had USB ports, no PS2)... $220 later, AMD XP1800/256mb/case and a faster system :) Just tossed in the drives, let WindowsME do its thing in 4-5 boots. Of course, with Dictator WindowsXP, you couldn't do that... and there are some reports of Windows XP barfing on changing RAM.

With whats going on... with Nvidia I'd say get an ATI9600Pro.
 
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